Ballad for Baghdad: An Ex-Hippie Chick Viet Nam War Protester's Three Years in Iraq

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Morgan James Publishing, Nov 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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How did an ex-hippie chick Viet Nam War protester become a fierce soldier supporter, living in a combat zone in an increasingly unpopular war? From 2004 to 2007, Ali Elizabeth Turner had the chance of a lifetime to learn firsthand that freedom isn't free and to say a much belated "thank you" for her freedom by working in Morale, Welfare, and Recreation centers in Baghdad. She heard the stories of hundreds of Iraqis, Coalition soldiers, interpreters, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, and contractors from around the world. She was in Baghdad for the return of Iraq to the Iraqis, Saddam's ongoing antics in court, all three Iraqi elections, and Saddam's trial and execution. No matter what you think of Operation Iraqi Freedom, you deserve to hear the stories that go beyond the politics--stories of courage, compassion, miracles, and humor. Read and see if you don't end up "singing the Ballad"!
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Subha the Smoke Woman
1
CHAPTER 2 The Early Adventures of Ali Kazammi
3
CHAPTER 3 Heading over the Edge into the Great Sandbox
13
CHAPTER 4 Contractor Camp
21
CHAPTER 5 Losing Lobo
27
CHAPTER 6 Living in a Hair Dryer Stuck on High
33
CHAPTER 7 Journalistic Jihad?
41
CHAPTER 8 Saddams Evil Eden
57
CHAPTER 21 The IraqiCoalition Soccer Tournament
189
CHAPTER 22 The ArmyNavy Football Game
195
CHAPTER 23 Have Leave Will Travel
199
CHAPTER 24 Purple Pointers for Freedom
217
CHAPTER 25 R and Z Our Sunni Twins
221
CHAPTER 26 Salt and Light
233
CHAPTER 27 Unsung Ugandans
243
CHAPTER 28 The Bluez Brothers
249

CHAPTER 9 Life in the Land of Two Rivers
67
CHAPTER 10 Terp Tales
75
CHAPTER 11 Dont Mess with the Babysitter
89
CHAPTER 12 A Tale of Two Hostages
95
CHAPTER 13 Stellar Soldiers
109
CHAPTER 14 The Day Saddams Air Conditioner Went on the Blink
119
CHAPTER 15 The Unholy Ghraib
125
CHAPTER 16 Bart Simpson Is Sleeping with Your Wife
133
CHAPTER 17 A Hoot of a Hostage Incident
137
CHAPTER 18 Have Yourself a Merry Little
145
CHAPTER 19 The Dance toward Democracy
151
CHAPTER 20 Stetsons for Terri Schiavo
171
CHAPTER 29 Every Dog Has His Day
253
CHAPTER 30 Strangely Saddamless
259
CHAPTER 31 Barney Fife Aunt Bea and the WMDs
265
CHAPTER 32 Crawling out of the Sandbox
273
CHAPTER 33 Reentry la Renoir Road Trip and Beyond
279
AFTERWORD
293
CHRONOLOGY
297
GLOSSARY
299
RECOMMENDED READING
301
LYRICS TO A BALLAD FOR BAGHDAD
305
NOTES
309
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About the author (2008)

Ali Elizabeth Turner is a self-described ""recovered feminista/socialista"" who grew up in Seattle during the years of the Civil Rights Movement, the Hippie Movement, and the Women's Liberation Movement. She once tried to shut down Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and the Cleveland County, Ohio courthouse to protest the war in Viet Nam. Her life radically changed in the early seventies as a result of the Jesus People Movement, and she began a journey which led her from believing that soldiers were ""baby killers"" to being an ardent soldier supporter. She lived in Baghdad, Iraq, from 2004 to 2007 on several Coalition military bases, where her job was to help run Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Centers and gyms for the Coalition and Iraqi forces.

Ali previously served in capacities as varied as a private school administrator in America and Mexico, a hotel pianist, banquet server, worship leader, baker, music teacher, and pastoral counselor. She is currently a wellness coach

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